It has something to do with the cold April we had. All the flowering things got delayed. And then they came out all at once. Nice.
Of course, I am prejudiced. May is my favorite month, period.
And every May I remind you that these are some of the nicest days of the year here in Norwalk, Ohio.
There are several reasons why this is so.
We know it won’t snow again for at least six months.
We get to plant vegetables and spread mulch and mow grass.
Ducks and geese will mate at Memorial Lake Park, and we will be charmed as they swim with their babies
We will have some 80 degree days.
The trees are in full leaf and will remain that way until they catch fire with color in October.
Flowers we have not seen since last summer—petunias, geraniums, snapdragons, alyssum, ageratums, impatiens—will once again be everywhere.
We will gasp and point as we drive down Benedict and Main at the beautiful confluence of grass and sky and sun and color.
We will from time to time pick up the smoky fragrance of steaks and chicken and ribs from unseen grills in our neighbors’ back yards.
We will walk our dogs and each other in shorts and T-shirts.
It will stay light until after 9:00.
We will begin sleeping with the windows open.
We will have the pleasure of smacking our first mosquito of the year.
Birds will be plentiful and active and in good voice, claiming their territory and building their nests.
We will walk outdoors after dinner without a jacket.
We will re-hang our hanging flower baskets.
We will spread Preen, read the paper on the deck and rub sunscreen on our children.
We will dry laundry on the line and move our houseplants to the step.
We will fertilize our lawns and be surprised that we have to mow them so often.
We will rejoice that the good weather will only get better, that the longer daylight hours will get even longer, that the month after this one will be just as nice.
We will be aware of all this because the nice man in the newspaper reminded us to do so.
And we will be happy for him when, as this glorious month draws to a close, the newspaper is not published next Monday, Memorial Day, giving our friend the columnist a day off.
We will celebrate springtime in Norwalk!
Jim Busek is a free-lance writer who lives in Norwalk. He can be reached via e-mail at [email protected] hotmail.com.